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Maharashtra Coronavirus Highlights: State reports 11,088 new cases, 256 deaths

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune, Thane Coronavirus (Covid-19) Highlights: BMC has started the second phase of sero-surveillance study in the city to assess the spread of Covid and information about antibodies developed by the people.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, Pune | Updated: August 12, 2020 12:15:31 pm
Covid screening camp in progress at Trombay Koliwada on Friday, August 7, 2020. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Thane Coronavirus Highlights: Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 11,088 fresh cases of COVID-19, taking its tally to 5,35,601, while 256 more patients died due to the infection, 48 of them in Mumbai, said a state health official. After the addition of new cases, the state’s tally rose to 5,35,601, while the COVID-19 fatality figure increased to 18,306.

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In Mumbai, 917 new cases and 48 deaths were reported, taking the count to 1,25,224 and the toll to 6,893. The number of active cases in Mumbai stood at 18,887. Pune city reported 928 fresh cases along with 36 deaths, taking its count to 72,640 and the toll to 1,862, PTI reported. So far, 28,37,578 tests have been carried out in the state.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation(BMC) has started the second phase of sero-surveillance study in the city to assess the spread of COVID-19 and information about antibodies developed by the people. The survey will cover F-North (Dadar, Matunga and Dharavi), M-West (Deonar and Govandi) and R-North (Dahisar) wards, where a similar study was conducted last month, a (BMC) official said. A serological survey involves testing of blood serum of individuals to check for the prevalence of antibodies against an infection.

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Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune, Thane Coronavirus (Covid-19) Highlights: Maharashtra has reported 5,24,513 cases and over 18,000 deaths so far. Follow latest updates here

06:05 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Maharashtra: 32-yr-old Covid patient who escaped from Jalgaon facility found dead

A 32-year-old Covid-19 patient who escaped on Monday from the Covid care centre in Amalner in Jalgaon district was found dead on the road outside Amalner Municipal Council. According to the police, the deceased had fled from the facility around 9-10 am. He was spotted in an unconscious state by 5 pm. Read More

03:50 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Maharashtra to extend order reserving 80% beds in pvt hospitals by three months

The Maharashtra government has decided to continue with its order of reserving 80 per cent beds in private hospitals and nursing homes across the state. The order was to lapse by the end of the month. The government now plans to extend the rule for a further three months. However, private hospitals in Mumbai are unhappy with the move and plan to approach the government seeking relaxation. Read More

01:50 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Slight decline in positivity rate welcome sign: Pune Divisional Commissioner

Pune will likely have a total of 62,268 active Covid-19 cases by the end of August, as per projections made by health experts in the municipal corporations of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, said Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao. He was, however, hopeful that the slightly declining positivity rate at 22 per cent would bring relief to overburdened hospitals. Read More

01:25 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Cases cross 10,000 in Nagpur, fast emerging as hotspot

Nagpur district is fast emerging as a major coronavirus hotspot in the state, crossing 10,000 in the total number of reported cases on Tuesday.

With the most number deaths at 38 on Tuesday, the district’s death toll has gone up to 372. Of these, 64 are from rural areas, 256 from within the city municipal limits, and 52 are from outside the district. Read More

01:00 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Results of Pune’s first sero survey to be out next week

The results of the first serological surveillance project in the city are likely to be declared next week, said Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao on Tuesday. After Delhi and Mumbai, this is the first study in the city to understand the percentage of the population affected by Covid-19. Read More

00:25 (IST)12 Aug 2020
PMC orders 1 lakh more antigen kits for Rs 4.5 crore

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Tuesday ordered one lakh more antigen testing kits.

“The PMC has decided to purchase one lakh kits at a total cost of Rs 4.59 crore with immediate effect,” said Hemant Rasane, chairperson of the PMC’s standing committee. Read More

23:54 (IST)11 Aug 2020
As cases rise in western Maharashtra, state takes ‘jumbo’ plan to Solapur, Satara and Sangli

After starting work on ‘jumbo’ facilities to house Covid-19 patients in Mumbai and Pune, the state government plans to set up similar facilities in other districts of western Maharashtra. Read More

22:02 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Nashik records 565 new COVID-19 cases; tally reaches 21,076

At least 565 people tested positive for coronavirus infection in Maharashtra's Nashik district, rising the region's tally to 21,076 on Tuesday, a health official said. Apart from this, 12 COVID-19 patients succumbed to the infection, taking the toll in the district to 632, the official said. (PTI)

22:01 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Maharashtra: No human pyramids this time, Dahi-handi groups decide

With coronavirus casting its grim shadow, several `Dahi-handi' groups in Maharashtra have decided to celebrate the Janmashtami festival on Wednesday in a low-key manner and without human pyramids. Dahi-handi -- earthen pitchers of curd or buttermilk -- will be broken only symbolically, said Bala Padalkar, chief of the Dahi-handi Utsav Samnavay Samiti, an umbrella body of over 950 `mandals' (groups) in the state.

In normal times, the highlight of the festival is multi-level human pyramids of `Govindas' reaching for the Dahi handi, strung high up on a rope. Padalkar said that members of the Samiti decided that no human pyramids will be formed this year, in keeping with the social distancing norms. (PTI)

22:00 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Maharashtra reports 11,088 new cases, 256 deaths

Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 11,088 fresh cases of COVID-19, taking its tally to 5,35,601, while 256 more patients died due to the infection, 48 of them in Mumbai, said a state health official. After the addition of new cases, the state’s tally rose to 5,35,601, while the COVID-19 fatality figure increased to 18,306.

19:46 (IST)11 Aug 2020
8 more test positive for COVID-19 in Mumbai's Dharavi area

The tally of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai's slum colony of Dharavi rose to 2,634 on Tuesday after eight more persons tested positive for the infection, the city civic body said. A senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said 2,295 patients have already recovered from the infection, leaving just 81 active cases in the densely populated slum-dominated area. The civic body has stopped sharing death figures from the area, which falls under the BMC's G-north ward. (PTI)

18:18 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Aurangabad: Pandemic hits sales of national flag ahead of Independence Day

August 15 is near, but the sales of the tricolour at a `khadi' store in Aurangabad are yet to pick up amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Khadi Gramodyog Bhawan or `Khadi Bhandar' in Aurangabad sells national flags apart from various other products. 'Every year the sales of flags go up to Rs 7-9 lakh rupees in August,' said store manager Ramji Sawant. 'But this year the sales have not yet reached even Rs one lakh yet,' he told PTI on Tuesday. The manufacturing faced a hurdle when the supply chain was hit by lockdown, he said.

The khadi cloth from which the flags are made is sourced from the Marathwada Khadi Gramodyog Samiti, the parent organisation of the khadi store, at Udgir in Latur district. Coloring is done in Ahmadabad, Gujarat, while stitching is done in Nanded, he said. (PTI)

15:58 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Maharashtra: Man escapes COVID-19 facility, found dead on road

Hours after he escaped from a COVID-19 centre in Amalner in Maharashtra's Jalgaon district on August 10, a 32-year-old man was found dead on road, police said on Tuesday. The patient, a resident of Wawade village in the north Maharashtra district, located over 400 kms from Mumbai, was admitted in the facility in Amalner tehsil on Monday morning, an official said.

He said doctors and hospital staff realised that the man had gone missing on Monday as there was a heavy rush at the facility on Sunday when he had tested positive for coronavirus. His body was found in front of the Amalner municipal council building on Monday evening, the official said. (PTI)

14:14 (IST)11 Aug 2020
In Maharashtra, 22.2 per cent people availed treatment in public hospitals

In Maharashtra, 22.2 per cent people availed treatment in public hospitals as against the national average of 42 per cent while 4.1 per cent availed treatment in charitable hospitals as against the national average of 2.7 per cent.

The 75th round, the latest survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), was held from July 2017 to June 2018 – three years before the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen both the Centre and state governments ramp up existing public health infrastructure, while the private health sector had to be persuaded by the states to participate in the anti-Covid efforts.

13:54 (IST)11 Aug 2020
In Maharashtra, private hospitals treat 3/4th of all patients, says NSSO
By comparison, the national average for those who sought treatment in private hospitals is 55.3 per cent. (Representational)

The private sector dominates the healthcare system in Maharashtra with nearly three-fourths of the state’s residents preferring private hospitals over government ones.

The 75th round of the National Sample Survey on household consumption related to health, released in July, stated that 73.7 per cent of all those who were hospitalised in the state for treatment, excluding for childbirth, had been treated in private hospitals.

By comparison, the national average for those who sought treatment in private hospitals is 55.3 per cent.

13:21 (IST)11 Aug 2020
230 doctors practicing allopathy succumbed to Covid-19 across India till now

According to the Indian Medical Association (IMA), 230 doctors practicing allopathy have succumbed to Covid-19 across India till now. Of them, 45 are from Maharashtra. While IMA has recorded Covid-19 infections in over a 1,000 of its members across the country, 450 of them are from Maharashtra.

“These figures comprise only our members registered with IMA,” said Dr Avinash Bhondwe, president of IMA Maharashtra. The actual count of infected homeopathy, ayurvedic, and allopathy doctors may be much higher.

12:40 (IST)11 Aug 2020
10,993 police personnel infected with Covid-19 in Maharashtra

Among 10,993 cases in the state police, a majority are of local personnel in Mumbai, surrounding areas, and State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) deployed in high-risk areas. Other than Mumbai and SRPF, cases have continued to rise among cops in Nashik rural, Thane city, Pune city, Navi Mumbai, Mumbai Railway, Solapur and Pimpri-Chinchwad jurisdictions

12:38 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Pune: 528 cases recorded among 9,000-odd personnel

According to the numbers by Pune Police, 528 cases have been recorded among 9,000-odd personnel. Of the total 528, 136 are active cases as of Monday. Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Morale said, “The cases that are still active have either been home quarantined or hospitalised, in case of any symptom. We are continuously following up each and every case. We have observed that 70 per cent cases are of those either from containment zones or deployed in these areas. While all possible precautions are being taken, the extent of exposure has resulted in the number of cases rising. It needs to be highlighted that not all personnel have contracted the virus while on duty. At least 10 per cent of the total cases are of those who tested positive after returning from leave.” Three personnel have died of the infection in Pune Police.

12:37 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Cases among cops in 3 police jurisdictions of Pune district reach 759
According to the numbers by Pune Police, 528 cases have been recorded among 9,000-odd personnel. Of the total 528, 136 are active cases as of Monday. (Representational)

The number of Covid-19 cases reported so far in the police force from three jurisdictions in Pune district — Pune city, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Pune rural — reached 759, with 190 active cases among them, as of Monday. Of these, Pune Police has 528 cases.

To date, there were 10,993 cases in the two-lakh-strong state police force. Of these, 1,981 are active cases while 8,894 police personnel have recovered. As many as 118 cops, including 11 officers and 107 constabulary staff, have died of the infection across Maharashtra.

12:16 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Closed tourist spots, mandatory e-pass hit hill town Lonavala’s business
Ajay Vikram has seen his business fall by 95 per cent with no tourist visiting Bhushi dam. (Photo: Tabassum Barnagarwala)

Every weekend from 9 am until 9 pm, constable Ankush Gavari is parked in the middle of the road at Lonavala’s entry point. His job is to stop every vehicle entering the tourist town.

Since August 5, following unlockdown guidelines and government permissions, many hotels in the hill town have reopened. Most of the 57,000 residents of Lonavala are almost entirely dependent on tourism for a livelihood.

But with an e-pass mandatory for entering Lonavala, and the tourist spots in the area still shut, these hotels are yet to see any occupancy. In other years, tourists would flock to Lonavala during the monsoon, but this year, despite the relaxations in lockdown, there are plenty of other obstacles to visiting the place. Read More

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The 75th round of the National Sample Survey on household consumption related to health, released in July, stated that 73.7 per cent of all those who were hospitalised in the state for treatment, excluding for childbirth, had been treated in private hospitals. By comparison, the national average for those who sought treatment in private hospitals is 55.3 per cent.

In Maharashtra, 22.2 per cent people availed treatment in public hospitals as against the national average of 42 per cent while 4.1 per cent availed treatment in charitable hospitals as against the national average of 2.7 per cent.

The 75th round, the latest survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), was held from July 2017 to June 2018 – three years before the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen both the Centre and state governments ramp up existing public health infrastructure, while the private health sector had to be persuaded by the states to participate in the anti-Covid efforts.

The survey, conducted periodically, is done to assess expenditure on health-related activities as well as access to private and public health facilities. It had a representative sample of 5.5 lakh people in both rural and urban areas.

Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases reported so far in the police force from three jurisdictions in Pune district — Pune city, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Pune rural — reached 759, with 190 active cases among them, as of Monday. Of these, Pune Police has 528 cases.

To date, there were 10,993 cases in the two-lakh-strong state police force. Of these, 1,981 are active cases while 8,894 police personnel have recovered. As many as 118 cops, including 11 officers and 107 constabulary staff, have died of the infection across Maharashtra.